The 996 is an "in between" car, not old enough to be considered a classic but with the oldest examples now 15 years old it is no longer a new car. Prices seem to have dropped substantially and I'm hoping that they have now reached the bottom or close to it with little depreciation going forward.
Having driven a 996 model I think that Porsche have made the right decision and one that probably saved the company. The 996 is still quite a noisy car to use for daily driving so I'd imagine an old air cooled 911 would be far less practical for that.
|Porsche 911 Carrera 2 (2001 model 996)|
|Porsche 911 Coupe - 996 Carrera 2 model variant|